No. 3 Roland Park has last word vs. St. Mary's

Reds turn own miscues, Saints errors into 11-9 win

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 18, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

In a game of momentum swings, Roland Park's third-ranked girls lacrosse team found a couple of incentives to give it the last surge past No. 9 St. Mary's, 11-9, yesterday.

The host Reds used one of their own mistakes to their advantage, as well as an untimely Saints offensive foul to complete a four-goal run in the final nine minutes of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.

Lindsay Higgins polished off a transition goal to pull the Reds within 9-8 against a Saints team that had erased a five-goal deficit and gone up by two midway through the second half.

Saints coach Sue Chittim immediately called for a stick check, but not against Higgins, who led the Reds with four goals and two assists. Instead the officials checked Sara Zorzi's stick, which was ruled to have an illegally deep pocket.

Because Zorzi wasn't the one who scored, the Reds (8-1-1, 7-0-1 conference) kept the goal, but the Saints (9-3, 8-2) got the ensuing draw. They could not convert and Zorzi, with a new stick, split a pair of defenders and nailed a high shot to tie at 9-9 with 8:04 to go.

"That just fired us up so much that I really felt a switch in momentum at that point," said Zorzi, adding that a stick check isn't often called against a player who did not score. "It was meant to rattle us, so we took the negative energy and turned it into a positive."

With about 6:50 to go, Saints goalie Allie Buote saved an Alex Nolan shot and had her team breaking in transition, but one of the Saints was called for an illegal block. Off the turnover, Higgins went to goal and drew a foul. Instead of taking the eight-meter shot, she hit Katie Atkins on the left for the goal.

"It was just a critical point in the game," said the Saints' Julie Gladchuk, who will be teammates with Higgins at North Carolina next season. "We had the momentum again and then they gained it back and came down and scored."

Higgins added an extra measure of insurance with a free-position goal with 4:17 left.

After that, the Saints had four chances to score, but one shot carried wide, another was checked from behind by Michele Slotke and two, from Mary Key and Jenna Hubbard in the final 16 seconds, were stopped by Reds goalie Ellen Cameron.

The Reds defense did not allow a goal to Key, the metro area's leading scorer who averages more than five goals per game. Still Key dished out five assists, including three in a row as the Saints took a 9-7 lead with 12:34 left in the game.

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